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Solar power will give you non-stop water during bike rides

Tue, 18/11/2014 - 20:46
If you're a cyclist, you know the anxiety that comes with running out of water in the middle of a bike ride -- the last thing you want is dehydration when you're miles away from home. Design student Kristof Retezàr may just set your mind at ease,...

Yum, your next favorite emoji could be a delicious taco

Tue, 18/11/2014 - 20:13
Okay, people, you know emojis are a big deal -- so big, in fact, that there's a social network composed entirely of these virtual characters. And even though it isn't too hard to come across different kinds of emoji on the internet, there are...

Oxford Dictionaries names 'vape' as the word of 2014

Tue, 18/11/2014 - 19:52
Welcome, friends to the intersection of stories about silly words and stories about electronic cigarettes. Every year, Oxford Dictionaries chooses a single word that defines the world that we live in, and the word that defines 2014 is vape. The term...

Shocker: Pandora's study finds Pandora to be good for music sales

Tue, 18/11/2014 - 19:31
In a study it conducted recently, Pandora found that its internet-based radio is actually a good thing for the industry. Not like it would say otherwise, we'd imagine, but Pandora states that the tunes it provides access to are spreading a "positive...

Why celebrities like Lindsay Lohan are suing video game studios

Tue, 18/11/2014 - 19:00
In July 2014, Lindsay Lohan sued Take-Two Interactive and Rockstar Games, claiming that Grand Theft Auto V featured a character who is allegedly based on the Mean Girls actress. According to the suit, filed in the New York Supreme Court, the cover of...

Developers can now write apps for Apple Watch (updated)

Tue, 18/11/2014 - 18:50
Been jonesing to create your own Apple Watch software? It's time to get cracking. As promised, Apple has released WatchKit, the toolbox you need to develop apps for this next-gen wristwear. The utility (tied into the iOS 8.2 beta SDK) lets you take...

Viber's new Public Chats sound a lot like Twitter

Tue, 18/11/2014 - 18:45
When we talk about online messaging, there's often a disconnect between mobile messaging services like WhatsApp and social media platforms like Twitter. Which is odd, because when you think about it, they're two halves of the same...

'LittleBigPlanet 3': The Joystiq Review

Tue, 18/11/2014 - 18:30
There's a moment in LittleBigPlanet 3 where Hugh Laurie's villainous Newton, an effete British lightbulb with an egg timer built into his bowler hat, faces down his conscience, berating him with his greatest fear: that nothing he creates will ever be...

Facebook's latest page keeps you updated on tech news

Tue, 18/11/2014 - 18:22
You probably don't think of Facebook as a source for bleeding edge tech news, but the social network is determined to improve that reputation. It just launched FB Techwire, a page that blends technology news and commentary in a single feed. The site...

HBO's 'Westworld' reboot with Anthony Hopkins will air next year

Tue, 18/11/2014 - 18:16
HBO has just green-lighted J.J. Abrams Westworld series, a reboot of Michael Crichton's now-classic 1973 movie about robots gone bad. it announced the series launch via Twitter, with a creepy Vine (see below) confirming the 2015 date. The original...

Facebook's latest standalone app lets you dive right into Groups

Tue, 18/11/2014 - 18:00
Get ready for yet another Facebook app. The social networking giant has just announced its fifth new app of the year courtesy of its Creative Labs division -- the others were Paper, Slingshot, Mentions and Rooms -- and this time it's focus is...

HP's Envy x2 detachable PC returns with a new look and price

Tue, 18/11/2014 - 17:34
The original Envy x2, which was released early last year, had a lot going for it in the portability and looks department -- it was super light and relatively slick. However, its actual real-world performance left a lot to be desired. Fast forward to...

The Big Picture: giving birth to a solar system

Tue, 18/11/2014 - 17:02
While one hot topic regarding outer space lately is a work of science fiction, here's some fact to switch that up -- in case comets aren't really your bag. What you see above is the first result of the Alma telescope array set up in its near-final...

WhatsApp brings end-to-end encryption to its Android app

Tue, 18/11/2014 - 16:44
WhatsApp Android users won't even need to lift a finger to take advantage of the strongest encryption yet for a major mobile messaging client. The app's latest Android update will include strong end-to-end encryption by default, which means your...

Royal Caribbean's cruise of the future looks a lot like the present

Tue, 18/11/2014 - 16:30
When I think of the ultimate future cruise ship, many things come to mind. Most of them borrowed from Star Trek, I'll admit. Holodecks, food replicators, staff in tight-fitting onesies -- that kinda thing. I'd also be willing to throw in some robot...

Engadget giveaway: win an iPad Air 2 and iXpand drive courtesy of SanDisk!

Tue, 18/11/2014 - 16:00
Let's face it, devices offer more storage space than ever, but our expectations (and file sizes) are growing too. If you'd like to free up some room and quickly transfer files between iDevices running iOS 7.1 or greater, SanDisk's new iXpand could be...

'Dragon Age: Inquisition': The Joystiq Review

Tue, 18/11/2014 - 15:30
Dragon Age: Inquisition is an immense fantasy epic, a sprawling adventure across the many landscapes of Thedas, unapologetically mature in its exploration of politics and brazen in its combat. Inquisition is also developer BioWare's redemption song....

Create your own smart home with littleBits' house-friendly kit

Tue, 18/11/2014 - 15:00
Ever since littleBits' snap-together circuits got the ability to speak to the internet, they were crying out to be used for home-automation. Today, littleBits itself is making that a dead cert, by launching a "Smart Home Kit." The pack contains 14...

Google's Nexus 6 is now available to pre-order in the UK

Tue, 18/11/2014 - 14:43
It's been a little over a month since the Nexus 6 was unveiled, and now the super-sized Android smartphone is nearly ready to make its UK debut. The 32GB 'Midnight Blue' model is now available to pre-order from Amazon, or you can reserve one through...

Walgreens to offer quick, affordable and needle-free blood tests in all its stores

Tue, 18/11/2014 - 14:32
You might still think of Walgreens as a corner drugstore chain, but the company aims to be much more than that. In its quest to become a "healthcare leader," Walgreens recently teamed up with Silicon Valley startup Theranos, which boasts a new and...

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